The Chamar Mahan Sabha, a non-political organisation fighting for the rights of the Scheduled Castes(SC) appealed to the voters of Moga Assembly constituency on Friday that the SC community should be aware of their rights and only then cast their votes.
The message went across to the people in pamphlets distributed by the Sabha.
The pamphlet asked the people to question the Akali-BJP candidate about the Rs. 4000 crore allocated for the SC sub-plan in the annual budget of 2012-13.
The question they should ask is why this money has lapsed and not spent on various welfare schemes for the SC community. The president of the Sabha, Paramjit Singh Kainth led the delegation pamphlet exposes the Akali-BJP government for ignoring the problems of the SC community.
Kainth further states substantiating with figures that while appointing police officials the SC officers are ignored.
"In the six DIG ranges and four IG zones there is not a single SC officer. In the nine universities there is not a single vice-chancellor from this community. Punjab has five municipal corporations. Not a single SC has been appointed a mayor," he said.
The SC community now feels that by voting for the Akali-BJP coalition they had committed a grave blunder. The pamphlet states there are 24 police districts, there is little representation of the SC community.
In spite of the fact that 35 per cent of the state's population is SC, they are confined only to government grants. SC leaders should now fight for their rights.
Others who were part of the delegation were Dalip Singh, Paramjit Rai, Narpinder Singh, Ranjit Kalsi and Amit Jassi.